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OPINION: It wasn't the relaxing skifield road trip I'd envisaged. Ahead of me on The Remarkables access road the small rental car swept wide, over the centre line, on blind corners. I beeped my horn and motioned to the left. The...
OPINION: Bill English has finally answered questions we've been asking him for months. In April, I sent a series of questions to the Prime Minister's office about allegations Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay had recorded his electorate staff. One was: "Did Mr...
OPINION: Yesterday we started a campaign aimed directly at Queenstown's drink-drivers. On our front page you'll find the names of the 100 people who have been convicted of drink-driving in Queenstown, or locals who appeared in other courts, so far...
OPINION: Think about the great cities of the world. The history of Athens, the seething humanity of Tokyo, the architecture of Barcelona. Then think again. One of the great things about cities is green spaces. What would New York City be without Central...
How much should we talk or write about suicide, asks Paul Taylor. Last week, Wakatipu High School warned parents about TV show 13 Reasons Why, which some claim glamorises teen suicide. It has a three-minute suicide scene and as such an RP18...
OPINION: The government's almost militaristic fast-track for new houses might be guilty of mission creep in Queenstown, writes David Williams. On Monday, Queenstown's council innocuously announced it was re-opening feedback for its Gorge Road special housing area – which allows developers...
OPINION: Some things defy mathematics, apparently. For example, Mr Google tells me a man's chances of having a brother for a sibling is one in three, not 50-50. Weird. Another maths-beater could be a half-arsed job. I think a half-arsed job is...
OPINION: Governments big and small sometimes have to do what's right, whatever the cost. Look at Health Minister Jonathan Coleman last week, announcing a $2 billion pay equity settlement. Care worker Kristine Bartlett's union, E tu, brought the claim against her employer, TerraNova. Now...
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